Health Library/Fit Kits

JMRL now has a circulating Health Library, also known as Fit Kits, to help promote healthy living in the area. There are six kits available, including kits for yoga, blood pressure monitor, hand therapy, cardio, foam roller, and pilates. These kits were made possible by funds from the Friends of the Library. And, JMRL received a grant from the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, with this money a 6th kits was added, pilates for breast cancer survivors.

Each kit has at least one book that explains the health objective in greater detail. Some kits have instructions in multiple languages. They are all housed at the Central Library as a special collection, and anyone in the system can check them out. This is a great way for people to try out exercise and health equipment without having to buy anything.


Check them out for up to three weeks and place them on hold here.

Maker Kits

JMRL is now circulating maker kits! What is a maker kit? Maker kits are comprised of materials and instructions and allow you to learn a new technology or a skill at your own pace and in your own place.

JMRL is adding 10 unique kits to a special maker kit collection to help you discover your creative or technological talents. The kits have all of the supplies that you need.

There are kits for beginning knitters, calligraphy, coloring, embroidery, Makey Makey, a spirograph kit, origami, 3Doodler, Ozobot, and snap circuits. Each kit comes with all of the supplies you need and detailed instructions. Some kits also include books with more detailed ideas for projects.

View slides with all of the kits here. The maker kits will be housed at the Central Library, but can be placed on hold and sent to any branch.

Check them out for up to three weeks and place them on hold here.

Winter Weather


Occasionally there is bad weather in JMRL’s service areas. When this happens, library branches may have reduced hours or even be closed. JMRL uses a few ways to let patrons know if a branch will have changes in regular hours. Patrons can check NBC29, WINA NewsRadio, Newsplex, or JMRL’s Facebook page for updates about library hours. If the Albemarle County schools are closed due to bad road conditions, the Bookmobile will not run that day.

So, if you can’t get to the library because of bad weather, try downloading an ebook or audiobook at home. With your library card you can check out books from Overdrive, RBdigital, and Freading. When using a mobile device, you’ll need to download an app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. For help with downloading, check out these helpful videos and tutorials about downloading here. If you’re reading on a computer, you may need to install Adobe Digital Editions. If you need any book recommendations, fill out this form and receive personalized book recommendations from the Reference staff. Happy reading!